2. Stock up on your medications to try to keep from running out. Ask if you can switch to mail order or get 90-day supplies of your medications. Some pharmacies also offer home delivery. But before you do this, please be aware that the pharmacy may have to call your doctor’s office for permission to fill 90-day supplies of your medication if the original prescription was written for you to receive less than a 90-day supply. Just keep in mind that mail order may not be a good idea for medications that require refrigeration, so you might want to run this by your pharmacist first—just in case.
Even when you do your best to stay home, there are some times where you just have to leave the house to make an essential run.
- Use the drive-through window—if your pharmacy has one.
- Wear a mask, even if you are going through the drive-through. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now asking everyone going out into public and encountering essential workers to wear a mask or scarf covering your nose and mouth.
- Use hand sanitizers following the exchange of money, credit cards, loyalty cards, and goods.
- If you must enter the pharmacy, try to maintain a distance of 6-feet or more away from other patients as well as the pharmacy staff.
- Avoid touching unnecessary items or browsing.
- Skip using the onsite blood pressure monitor. If you need to monitor your blood pressure between doctor’s visits, now is probably a good time to spring for one. You can get a decent one for under $20.
- Use a Q-tip, the tip of a pencil eraser, or your knuckle to touch the pin pad if you are required to sign anything. Please note: The Q-tip may or may not work on some electronic pads.